Create your own degree

As the world becomes more complex, the need for interdisciplinary educational experiences increases.  To respond to this trend, Washburn University offers the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS).  The Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree allows students to use existing academic resources in a sound and creative manner to individualize their academic experiences..

The requirements of the BIS degree embrace the ideals of a multi-disciplinary education at the undergraduate level. Student who do not plan to seek post baccalaureate education in a specific field benefit greatly from a relatively brief exposure to fundamental aspects of selected disciplines relevant to their personal interests, goals, aspirations, or career path, despite never completing the full set of major requirements in a discipline.

The program strives to meet student needs in a number of ways. Students interested in a career field which is rapidly evolving will find the flexibility to build a curriculum that meets these demands. A creative student whose interests bridge several disciplines can do so with this program.

Multi-disciplinary plans of study within the Bachelor of Integrated Studies may be created in two ways:

  1. Unique, customized plan created by a student and approved.
  2. Multi-disciplinary plan created by a group of departments and pre-approved.

Creating a Customized Plan

To meet the depth of experience component of the degree requirements, the student designs and submits for approval an Individualized Study Program (ISP). This ISP is formulated by selecting courses from two (or more) Emphasis Areas, or by selecting courses which are consistent with a specific focus, theme, or unifying conceptual principle.

Choosing a Mulit-Department Plan

Students who choose to pursue these “pre-approved” plans of study must complete the course-work identified by the participating departments.

BIS Program Options

  • Completion of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from one of the partner community colleges. Non-partner community college students and other associate degrees are reviewed on an individual basis for eligibility.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours from a four-year college or university.
  • A minimum of 45 credit hours of upper division courses.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours from Washburn University.
  • A minimum of 124 total semester credit hours to complete the BIS degree.
  • Completion of all General Education, University Requirements and Prerequisite coursework.

General Education Requirements (42 credit hours)

  • 15 hours in Arts and Humanities* with at least 3 hours selected from Art, Music, or Theatre, and recommend 3 hours of CN 101 Principles & Practices of Human Communication.
  • 12 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics*, including courses in at least two disciplines other than Mathematics.
  • 15 hours in Social Sciences* including the following recommended course, 3 hours in Introduction to Psychology.
  • In any of the three General Education distribution areas, no more than 6 hours in any one discipline may be counted toward the General Education requirement.

University Requirements (11 credit hours)

  • Freshman Composition* (equivalent to EN 101 at Washburn)
  • College Algebra* (equivalent to MA 116 at Washburn or completion of MA 110 Exploring Mathematics)
  • Advanced Composition (must be completed with Washburn).

*Denotes those courses that will most likely be transfer credits from another institution. To ensure compatibility with Washburn’s program, contact the BIS advisor.

  • PO 310 – Community Development
  • PO 391 – Public Personnel Administration
  • PO 393 – Public Budgeting
  • PO 401 – Program Evaluation – or – SO 314 Organizations
  • BU 342 – Organization & Management
  • BU 345 – Human Resources Management
  • BU 360 – Marketing
  • BU 381 – Finance

General Education Requirements (42 credit hours)

  • 15 hours in Arts and Humanities* with at least 3 hours selected from Art, Music, or Theatre, and recommend 3 hours of CN 101 Principles & Practices of Human Communication.
  • 12 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics*, including courses in at least two disciplines other than Mathematics.
  • 15 hours in Social Sciences* including the following recommended course, 3 hours in Introduction to Psychology.
  • In any of the three General Education distribution areas, no more than 6 hours in any one discipline may be counted toward the General Education requirement.

University Requirements (11 credit hours)

  • Freshman Composition* (equivalent to EN 101 at Washburn)
  • College Algebra* (equivalent to MA 116 at Washburn or completion of MA 110 Exploring Mathematics)
  • Advanced Composition (must be completed with Washburn).

*Denotes those courses that will most likely be transfer credits from another institution. To ensure compatibility with Washburn’s program, contact the BIS advisor.

  • 12 hours of upper division courses in Communication Studies.
  • 12 hours of upper division courses in Psychology.
  • 12-15 hours of upper division coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences and from approved programs.
  • 3 hours in Integrated Studies: IS 389 Capstone Project Development (1)
  • IS 390 Capstone Project (2)

Upper division courses may require prerequisites or consent of instructor. Programs must be formulated in consultation with the BIS Director.

General Education Requirements (42 credit hours)

  • 15 hours in Arts and Humanities* with at least 3 hours selected from Art, Music, or Theatre, and recommend 3 hours of CN 101 Principles & Practices of Human Communication.
  • 12 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics*, including courses in at least two disciplines other than Mathematics.
  • 15 hours in Social Sciences* including the following recommended course, 3 hours in Introduction to Psychology.
  • In any of the three General Education distribution areas, no more than 6 hours in any one discipline may be counted toward the General Education requirement.

University Requirements (11 credit hours)

  • Freshman Composition* (equivalent to EN 101 at Washburn)
  • College Algebra* (equivalent to MA 116 at Washburn or completion of MA 110 Exploring Mathematics)
  • Advanced Composition (must be completed with Washburn).

*Denotes those courses that will most likely be transfer credits from another institution. To ensure compatibility with Washburn’s program, contact the BIS advisor.

  • AR 131 Basic Photo Imaging (3)
  • AR 223 Graphic Design I (3)
  • AR 321 Photoshop Imaging (3)
  • CM 101 Computer Concepts and Applications (3)
  • CM 111 Introduction to Structured Programming (4)
  • CM 113 Visual Programming (3)
  • CM 130 Web development I (3)

General Education Requirements (42 credit hours)

  • 15 hours in Arts and Humanities* with at least 3 hours selected from Art, Music, or Theatre, and recommend 3 hours of CN 101 Principles & Practices of Human Communication.
  • 12 hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics*, including courses in at least two disciplines other than Mathematics.
  • 15 hours in Social Sciences* including the following recommended course, 3 hours in Introduction to Psychology.
  • In any of the three General Education distribution areas, no more than 6 hours in any one discipline may be counted toward the General Education requirement.

University Requirements (11 credit hours)

  • Freshman Composition* (equivalent to EN 101 at Washburn)
  • College Algebra* (equivalent to MA 116 at Washburn or completion of MA 110 Exploring Mathematics)
  • Advanced Composition (must be completed with Washburn).

*Denotes those courses that will most likely be transfer credits from another institution. To ensure compatibility with Washburn’s program, contact the BIS advisor.

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Student Learning Outcomes

Washburn University students completing this degree, upon graduation, are expected to have:

  • Integrated diverse disciplines through a multi-departmental curriculum.
  • Constructed appropriate research questions, conduct research, develop a research argument.
  • Integrated diverse materials into the writing of a research project.
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